I'm going to show up in Tokyo in late October this year and stay for a few months, and I'm wondering if you dudes have any experience with sharehouses in the city. I haven't done much research into housing yet, but the two names that keep popping up are Sakura House and Oak House. I have heard good and bad things about both of them. Both accept international credit cards and allow paying month-to-month, which I like. Sakura House is foreigners-only, whereas Oak House allows Japanese residents. Oak House shows demographics data for each of its houses on its web site, which is pretty cool, and most of the houses I checked were around 50% Japanese. This is good in that I want to practice Japanese with native speakers but bad in that, if I may stereotype, they may be more robotic than human. The next-most common nationalities in the houses are usually Korean and Chinese, so I imagine that mix would make for a really hoppin' household.
I'd also appreciate any tips on location. I'm not big on shopping but will be hitting up arcades, so being close to Akihabara or at least having an easy commute to it would be good for the playing. Being in a neighborhood with a lot of young people would be nice. I'd prefer to be away from Roppongi and other places with bro culture. I'd like to be near food and grocery stores, but I assume that's true for most of the city. Sorry for the vagueness! But any tips would be appreciated. Thanks.